Funds sought for mosaic mermaid tribute to late La Jolla swim legend, Anne Cleveland

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Plans are underway to create and display a beautiful 5- by 3-foot mosaic mermaid on the entry wall at the Coggan Family Aquatic Complex (aka the pool at La Jolla High School), which will be a tribute to the late Anne Cleveland. The Aquatic Board and Sandy (Coggan) Erickson have graciously agreed that this is the perfect location to honor Anne.

Anne died on June 24, 2017 after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 61. She is in the International Swimming Hall of Fame for her long-distance English Channel two-way swim. Besides her remarkable physical, mental and spiritual achievements, she was a humble person and a true friend to many La Jollans. She had a soft spot for the teenagers of our community. She was a groundbreaker for female athletes.

Anne was a graduate of La Jolla High (first female on the swim team!), served as a swim coach at the school, coached other hall-of-famers, and was always spotted in the ocean near her WindanSea home.

Donations are being accepted for this notable community project. If you would like to contribute, make checks out to: Bird Rock mosaic artist Jane Wheeler and mail to Pat Robbins, 314 Ricardo Place, La Jolla, CA 92037.

Or, to contribute online, visit the GoFundMe site at gofundme.com/anne-cleveland-mosaic-mermaid

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